Aid workers warn Haiti floods could trigger unrest

News About Haiti - September 25 2008, 3:47 PM

Up to three million people risk starvation in Haiti following back-to-back storms that have wiped out large swathes of agriculture, an aid agency has warned.

Aid workers fear the devastation could also spark more unrest in Haiti where violent protests over spiralling food prices rocked the country earlier this year and triggered the government's fall in April.

"In the next two months the situation will become more and more acute," ActionAid country director Raphael Yves Pierre said. "The risk of food riots is very imminent."

He estimated the loss of crops meant two to three million people could face starvation in Haiti - the poorest country in the western hemisphere - where over half the population survives on less than a $1 a day.

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